Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 23rd February 2019

Madarao Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
So here we are, the last day of the season for Madarao Kogen.

And while we had a bit of rain last night, this morning we are back to blue skies and the sun.

I'm going to get out there one more time.

And I'll be back here tomorrow with a wrap-up for the season.

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until... today!
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny and somewhat hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 35cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's another clear and light blue sky hazy kind of start to the day here. The sun is out, the pollen is flying, and after temperatures reaching as high as 19 degrees in the valley yesterday... the snow is melting pretty quickly.

We actually got some rain last night though I don't think it lasted too long. It was coming down quite hard at one point though.

So anyway, it's clear again this morning and it may not get quite as warm today. Warmer again tomorrow. And sunshine forecast for today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Today is the last day of the season for the NASPA Ski Garden resort.

Maiko Snow Resort have also announced that they will not be able to open on 9th/10th April as originally planned, so this coming Sunday (3rd April) will be the last day of their season.

I'm not quite sure how the town level Yuzawa Park is able to remain open until now, but apparently they are. Official snow depth over there is 10cm but I suspect that it's 10cm less than that in most areas! Gambatte-imasu ne.

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Resort official snow depths (Thursday 31st March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Lower slopes around town now have little or no snow on them, though higher areas still enjoy good snow cover.
Best to head high.
Some of the below official snow depths seem a little... optimistic... with some surrounding areas at lower resorts closer to 0cm.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
Central Area and part of North Area remain open.
Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May
110cm

Iwappara
Middle area only remains open
Plans to be part open (upper areas only) daily until Sunday 3rd April
35cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Plans to be part open daily until Sunday 3rd April
70cm

Kagura
Plans to be open until 29th May (via Mitsumata; until 8th May via Tashiro)
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 24th April
80-100cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Just the upper Okusoeji area remains open now
Plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April
90cm (Okusoeji)

Naeba
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
80cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Today is the last day of the season for NASPA Ski Garden
35cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
90cm

Yuzawa Park
10cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Hello and good morning to you all on this last day of March 2016.

We did get some rain yesterday and though I didn't venture out onto the mountain myself I am not hearing any reports of fresh snow up there. Rather some rather heavy going. It is nearly April though, so we can't really complain....

Well, not too much. (I know first hand just how easy it is for people to 'complain'. How about people complaining about (no-strings-attached) free tickets being given away in exchange for them doing next to nothing? Yes, believe it or not, some people can find things to complain about there!)

But, I digress.

There's no new snow to report again this morning, and so the total for March 2016 is.... (drumroll).... 109cm. That's 30cm less than in March last season. It also brings out "season total" up to 986cm which leaves us 155cm off the total for the whole of last season. I'll go into the numbers in a bit more detail in one of my reports over the next few days.

Mostly sunny skies expected over the next few days with some forecasts showing us the chance of snow around Sunday. Come on, let's get at least 14cm to bring the total up to 10m! Hopefully things will remain relatively calm too so lifts can be open as planned.

Just 4 more days left for the Hanazono area.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 31st March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations from Monday 4th April:

Ace Family Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (8:30am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 3 Pair (8:40am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 4 Pair (8:50am-4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April

Niseko Grand Hirafu are also going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. The Hirafu Gondola as well as the King Number 3 and 4 lifts will all finish for the season this coming Sunday, as well as the Hanazono area. All being well though, the Niseko Grand Hirafu area should be open until 5th May.

Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.

Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 10cm
We had some rain last night but this morning the sun is back and it's blue skies once again, and we're pretty much expecting sunny skies through until Saturday.

Sunday may well bring with it some rain and with the freezing point set to remain well over 2000m I don't think we'll get snow even higher up on the mountain. So it looks like Saturday will be the pick of the weekend.

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Official info at time of writing on Thursday 31st March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 135cm
Uenotaira: 60cm
Hikage: 10cm
Nagasaka: -cm
Karasawa: -

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm

The following courses plan to be open today:

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kokenashi
Uenotaira
Paradise
Rinkan
Utopia
Challenge
Hikage
Nagasaka connecting

The following lifts plan to be operating today:

Nagasaka Gondola
Hikage Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Skyline Connecting
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Shinyu Pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B
Yu Road
Hikage Triple
Nagasaka Triple

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

After the decent weather in the morning, we got some light rain starting to fall later in the day yesterday... boooo!

But this morning that's far from our minds as we are being treated to a beautiful clear morning. Just before 9am it's 6C with the temps rising to maybe around 14C later on here at village base.

Blue skies and sunshine all around, and this fine weather is forecast to be with us for the next few days along with warm conditions.

Later on Saturday and Sunday rain is there on the forecast - could it perhaps snow at higher elevations perhaps? If we're lucky perhaps. Probably best to just expect rain.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:50am on Thursday 31st March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 170cm
Base: 55cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Top area remains open. Lower main Toomi and Soft Cream courses also open.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta' - last night tonight.
Official snow depth
Alps: 220cm
Toomi: 70cm
Iimori: 35cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed.
The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open (very limited).
All of upper mountain courses remain all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 140cm
Nakiyama: 30cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1 and Itadaira.
Official snow depth:
Top: 125cm
Base: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Areas now closed: Uma-no-se, Kano-no-naru-oka. Champion and Rinkan just part open due to insufficient snow.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 195cm
Maruyama: 35cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open courses: Hakunori Family and Wakaguri Central.
Official snow depth:
25cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake has now closed for the season.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka has now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Good morning from Zao.

Sunshine this morning. Just a few small clouds here and there, but mostly blue skies and it's going to be quite warm.

More of the same forecast for tomorrow too.

Looks like we might get some rain sometime over the weekend (maybe even some snow later in the weekend or early week?) - keep an eye on the forecast. A bit of fresh out there would be a very nice surprise.

Today is the last day of the season for a number of lifts (see below).

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Information as of Thursday 31st March 2016 (subject to change)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 65cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 80cm
Uwanodai: 35cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)

Open until today:
Nakamori Number 1 triple lift
Omori quad lift
Yokokura Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 1 pair lift
Astraea Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 3 pair lift

Open until Sunday 3rd April:
Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Onsen Number 2 quad lift
Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift

Open until Sunday 10th April:
Mikaeri pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift

Open until Sunday 17th April:
Kurohime Number 1 quad lift

Open until Thursday 5th May:
Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season.
   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Sun is shinning at Grandeco Resort once again today.

There was a bit of rain last night, but it hasn't effected the snow depth too much and the snow should be faster than it has been in the past few days. Sunscreen and sunglasses are in order for the slopes again today for sure. Be careful not to end up with a sunburn. The sun is stronger than you might think.

All the courses are groomed packed snow warming up to spring conditions in the afternoon. The snow is melting little by little, but you can still ski from top to bottom on over 4km of vertical terrain.

There are strong gusts of wind from the North from time to time, but this should mellow out as the day progresses.

Keep an eye on the forecast below... there's even the promise of some snow on there for late weekend/Monday!

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Lifts operating:

Lift 4 has closed for the season, all other lifts operating

Courses open except

[B-b] Mint
[D-a] Lavender
[H] Center 33

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected.    Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Yesterday turned out to be a mix of good and bad, with great conditions early morning, and then a not so great afternoon where the rain that had been on the forecast did eventuate and drenched the resort from afternoon through until evening. There was a bit of a silver lining in that there was some light snow at the top of the mountain while raining lower down. Looking outside this morning the rain has sure aided the spring melt around the village with significantly more grass and road being visible now.

This morning we have low valley fog that has rolled down the mountain all the way into the resort area. The fog has lifted a bit but right at the moment there is still a lot on the mountain itself, so visibility will be a little compromised until this lifts. Temperatures were cold overnight and the village has ice over the roads from yesterdays rain.

Tomorrow morning should be perfect with sun and clear skies, but expect a very small amount of rain in the afternoon.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

We had a bit of wet snow falling last night here. Better than the rain that was falling down in the valley, that's for sure - though it didn't amount to anything really here (in terms of cm).

Today is the last day of the season for a number of lifts with others finishing up on Sunday. After that, it really does feel like the last stretch of the season as spring takes a real hold.

Having said that, after the fine weather forecast over the next couple of days, forecasts show the chance of some snowfall around Monday. Yes please!

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Hasuike
The triple lift plans to be operating until today.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until today.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until today.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until today.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
After a brief spell of rain at the base in the early evening, the weather is perfect again today.

Someone posted a photo of some snow up top and the base only shrank by 5cm over the past warm 24hrs.

Tenjin isn't reporting anything though. Finishing touches being put on the bowl and no doubt some testing by the bowl makers.

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Just Tenjindaira, Minakami Kogen Ski Resort and Minakami Hodaigi remain (at least part) open for now.
All other resorts in Minakami are now closed.

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 31st March 2016, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Sunny, and a little less hazy than the past few days
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Spring is definitely here, and the snow is continuing to retreat really, really fast at base level.

We even have flowers blooming here and there, although interestingly not the cherry blossoms in Joetsu (one of the big three illuminated cherry blossom viewing spots). The cherries outside the house are also still keeping tightly folded, so they're keeping to a schedule and not looking at the weather, I guess.

Some rain last night, which might have helped firm up the snow this morning. To be honest, morning is the best bet for sliding; there’s almost a layer of water on top of the snow in the afternoons, making for very sticky skiing.

This is the last day for family resort Kyukamura RunRun and the much bigger Madarao Kogen; several others will be closing after the weekend, while Seki and Akakura Kanko are going to tough it out as long as there is snow. The weather has stabilized a lot, though; the freezing level should stay at 2000 to 2400 meters for the coming days, although rain is on the forecast for Sunday and beyond. April showers and all that, huh….

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Akakura Kanko:
5° / 155cm; Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts; Champion side closed

Akakura Onsen:
5° / 130cm; running until April 3, with all the main lifts running; Ginrei section closed

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
3° / 230cm (probably not a new report)

Myoko Ski Park:
5° / 95cm; open until April 3

Kyukamura RunRun:
5° / 130cm; open until March 31

Tangram Ski Circus:
3° / 75cm; open until April 3; Nos. 1, 3 and 5 lifts

Madarao Kogen:
2° / 55cm; open until March 31
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
23rd Feb, 11:32am
Naeba Now
23rd Feb, 10:01
Furano Now
23rd Feb, 9:31
Zao Now
23rd Feb, 9:25
Aizu Bandai Now
23rd Feb, 9:22
Yuzawa Now
23rd Feb, 9:06am
Shiga Kogen Now
23rd Feb, 8:41
Hakuba Now
23rd Feb, 8:32
Niseko Now
23rd Feb, 8:24
Madarao Now
23rd Feb, 8:02
Geto Kogen Now
23rd Feb, 7:47
Nozawa Onsen Now
23rd Feb, 7:44
Minakami Now
22nd Feb, 13:16
Appi Kogen Now
22nd Feb, 9:18
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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